DCPEC serves as a hub for the community of political economy researchers in the DC area. It fosters research in political economy at different stages of development, and disseminates that research within and beyond the DC area.

Through various events, DCPEC facilitates interactions among political economists from the area, as well as their integration into the global network of political economists.

DCPEC is sponsored by Georgetown University (through GCER) and Johns Hopkins University.